While the rankings are troubling, they are also more than 18 months old. They do not reflect numbers for Idaho’s class of 2018, which improved significantly.
Poverty is a key driver. In Idaho, about three-fourths of high school dropouts come from low-income households, according to a national study released Tuesday.
This small, rural Idaho school churned out a 100 percent graduation rate in 2016. About half went on to college, a ratio that mirrors Idaho’s statewide go-on rate. Here are some of their stories on life after high school.
English language learners comprise a growing demographic in American high schools. And in Idaho, ELL student graduation rates eclipse the national average.
For the second straight year, Idaho’s graduation rate moved upward in 2015-16. National figures aren’t yet available; Idaho ranked No. 39 in the nation in 2014-15.